Get everyone reflecting on the past year with these New Years printables. New Year reflection questions make a perfect NYE game!
What was the funniest moment of the year? Or your favorite meme? Or what was something you were proud of?? Have you stopped to think about the past year yet?
New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to get together with family and friends and reflect on last year. We all experience ups, downs, pain, and joy each year. Some years more of one than the others.
William E. Vaughan said, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”
No matter which one you are, it’s nice to reminisce about both the good and bad of the year. You might just find yourself crying from laughing so hard at a memory or laughing from a bad mistake you learned something from.
Sometimes we forget about the best thing that happened and also what areas of your life that maybe you need to set goals in. That’s where these New Year’s Eve questions come in.
If you want to get people talking at Christmas, make sure to check out our free printable Christmas games.
Materials Needed for DIY Reflection Cards
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- white paper or cardstock
- red cardstock to mount on – you can also find at craft stores
- trimmer or scissors
- tape glider or glue sticks
- End-of-year reflections – free printable at bottom of blog post
How to Use the New Years Printables
I made the New Years printables match my red, black, and white themed NYE party decorations. But you could mount them on any color or not mount them at all!
I printed them out on white cardstock, but if you are going to mount them on cardstock then regular printer paper would be fine too.
Cut them all apart. Having a trimmer works perfectly for this project, but scissors will do the job too!
If you printed them on cardstock, you can stop here if you want. I like a little more punch of color so I mounted them.
I used my tape glider to adhere them to red cardstock. I was able to get 6 on an 8.5×11 piece of cardstock with enough room in between them to give each one a red edge.
Using the New Years Reflection Cards
Now you’re ready to have a good time and see what kind of life lessons you have learned and talk about New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year.
You can use the free PDF with as many or as little people as you want. You can go through each self-reflection on your own and see what kind of positive changes you made the previous year and maybe meditate on a major achievement you had.
Or for more fun, play with others! Answering the New Year’s Eve questions in front of others may well be out of your comfort zone, but sharing with other human beings is great for our mental health.
If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party (or really anytime over winter break), have your friends or family members sit in a circle or at a table.
You can either put the New Year’s reflection cards in a pile and have your guests pick them one at a time and say their answer or pass them out so others can think about how they want to answer.
You could also have people write their answers on the back of the card so they can keep it to look back on next year!
Examples of some of the family-friendly reflective questions:
- Your Biggest Regret of the Year – could be you’re not in good physical health or that you had a failed relationship
- Favorite memory
- Something you are proud you accomplished – could be as little as that you started going to that yoga class you’ve been talking about!
- Something that didn’t turn out how you wanted
- A new hobby or interest you added to your daily routine
- Best memory or work or school
- What you’re looking forward to next year
- Funniest thing that happened
Then if you really want to get into goal setting to have your best year ever, grab our free life planner printable (includes bad habit tracker)!
New Years Reflection Questions Download
As with all my free printables, these are for personal use only! Please no selling or redistributing of PDF files or digital downloads. Thank you!
Here are your FREE New Years printables! There will be three separate pdfs in a zipped file.
Simply click on the purple download button below and print on any home printer.
Have a great time remembering and sharing those fun little anecdotes you forgot about! Then finish by setting some realistic goals and new skills you want to learn with the start of a new year.
new years reflection questions
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I’ll leave you with another great quote by Rainer Maria Rilke… “And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.” Make this next year count in how you treat one another!
Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy New Year everyone! Happy reflecting!